Definition of mammy in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmamē/ /ˈmæmi/


  • 1informal One's mother (especially as a child's word)

    ‘he was screaming for his mammy’
    • ‘His mammy is going to buy him a lot of wire brushes for the job!’
    • ‘Robert's sisters, Louise and Chloe, along with his mammy and daddy, Paula and Tony, wish Robert a happy birthday.’
    • ‘‘I know Mark Feehily is dying to get home and tuck into his mammy's turkey and cranberry sauce,’ Kian said.’
    • ‘If you have a recipe you would like to share, an exciting discovery of your own, a childhood memory of something your mammy, granny, dad or any other culinary expert in your family served up in days gone by, please pass it on.’
    • ‘Baltinglass hairdresser Maureen Plant was given the onerous task of taking the blade to Aileen's hair, while Aileen's son Caleb also took his opportunity to remove his mammy's hair.’
    • ‘In the end we have to summon my mother, who comes charging down Maryhill Road bearing cash, credit cards and that look women get when they are reminded that even 35-year-olds still need their mammy.’
    • ‘And finally, last Sunday March 16, my mammy celebrated her 80th birthday.’
    • ‘So if you re going to college, do as your mammy says and be good.’
    • ‘She helped her mammy to plant flowers in the garden.’
    • ‘Her mammy and daddy, Margaret and PJ, along with her brothers Ross and Derek wished Kayleigh a very happy birthday.’
    • ‘Among those feeling slightly upset at the thought of being separated from his mammy was little Aidan Gammon, from Viewmount.’
    • ‘Look beyond the superficial similarities and you will see that he, as evidenced by this quote from a poem, had no respect for his mammy either.’
    • ‘Even in the face of overwhelming odds James chatted to his mammy and daddy over the five days in hospital and one of the last things he asked for was a bar of chocolate.’
    • ‘And I'd like to thank my mammy and everyone who sacrificed so much to bring me to this great moment.’
    • ‘Sarah wants to be a nurse like her mammy, Vera, who works in the hospital in Portlaoise.’
    • ‘‘But while that helped a lot, it's clear that a lot of the mammies and daddies voted for me as well,’ he says.’
    • ‘All around the hall were the mammies, daddies, grannies, grandads, sisters, brothers and friends of the dancers and, a sign of the times, I spotted more than one camcorder!’
    • ‘And the wives, girlfriends and mammies would be happier.’
    • ‘Then daddies and mammies and their little ones would visit grandparents with presents and a wonderful family time of reunion was experienced by so many people.’
    • ‘All of our mammies receive a special prize at the end of every show.’
    1. 1.1offensive (formerly in the southern US) a black nursemaid or nanny in charge of white children.


Early 16th century from mam+ -y; compare with mommy and mummy.



/ˈmamē/ /ˈmæmi/